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believe to be a terrorist act, against our consulate in benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of september 11. these attacks do many things, but they remind us i think first of the bravery and commitment of government officials who serve in countries around the world, supporting the struggles of people in those countries, to live free. and by doing so work to improve our own national security. the attack in libya also reminds us that even though the core of al qaeda has been seriously weakened, we still face threats from an evolving and fractious set of terrorist groups and individuals united by a common ideology which is that of haven't -- violent islamist extremism. i'll have some questions to ask the three of you about the nature of the terrorist threat today and specifically with regard to the reaction to this film whether you think it has raised the threat level against any places or institutions or individuals here in the united states. reporting to us on the terrorist threat to the homeland today, i also hope you'll address other concerns such as the effort to counter h
.s. consulate in been gaza that killed -- benghazi that killed four american citizens. the two confirmed thus far among the dead are slawn smith, an air force veteran turned information management officer and ambassador chris stevens, one of america's finest and bravest foreign service officers. i didn't know sean smith, i know he's a great american who served his country, but i had gotten to know chris stevens quite well. and ambassador chris stevens' death, the libyan people have lost a champion and believer in the peaceful aspirations of their democratic revolution. the american people have lost a selfless and dedicated servant of our interests and our values, and i have lost a friend. my thoughts and prayers today are with chris' family and the loved ones of his fallen colleagues. my god grant them comfort in their time of grief. our most urge vent -- urgent order of business is now is to ensure our citizens in libya and egypt and elsewhere across the world are safe. americans look to the government in libya and egypt and elsewhere to meet their responsibilities in this regard. we also lo
, entitled u.s. officials expect strike on benghazi post coordinated, timed for 9/11 anniversary. u.s. officials are increasingly suspicious that the murder tuesday of the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens, and three other american officials was not the result of a protest against anti-islam film but instead was a coordinated terror strike timed for the 11th anniversary of the september 11 attacks. a senior administration official told fox news that they are exhaustively investigating every angle of the attack in benghazi and an earlier assault on the embassy in cairo, egypt, but there are early signs that the benghazi assault may have been planned. the official caution -- cautioned, though that the administration has not jumped to any conclusions about what happened, saying it would be premature to do so. the article goes on down and it quotes different people, one pete hoekstra, former chairman of the house intelligence committee, who told fox news that the attack appeared to have the markings of an al qaeda or al qaeda-affiliated strike. quotes him as saying, we have
that said "thugs and killers do not represent a benghazi or islam." the president of the palestinian authority, who worked closely with chris sent me a letter of remembering his energy and integrity and deploring "an act of ugly terror." many others from across the middle east and africa have offered similar sentiments. this has been a difficult week for the state department's and for our country. we have seen the heavy assault on our post in benghazi bad took lives of those brave men. we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do it. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the dictator for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the
terrorist groups were behind an attack in libya. gunmen stormed the consulate in the city of benghazi, they killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. officials say the gun men started shooting and throwing bombs. the building went up in flames. the attack continued for more than four hours. government officials described the assault as elaborate and said the fbi and libya are looking into the possibility that terrorist groups were involved. the attack fell on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. marine corps commanders are sending the anti-terrorist unit to the libyan capital and strengthen security around american diplomatic facilities. >>> the members of the security council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations. >> german ambassador is the current president of the council and said the council called on all u.n. members. to protect foreign diplomatic missions. and secretary general said in a statement that nothing justifies the brutal violence in benghazi. >>> libyans had staged protests outside a consulate before the attac
allies and presumably this group that attacked the amecan consulate in benghazi yesterday. i understand that the results of some of the first elections of -- are unclear, in some sense unsettled to some people here, but the fact is they've chosen democracy. and people are self-governing and they're looking for a better life, and that's exactly the posite of what bin laden, al qaeda, and i would guess the people who killed chris stevens yesterday dire. so senator mccain is absolutely right, this is the day -- i can almost hear chris stevens saying, come on, get up, stay in the fight; don't surrender to the crazies, to the fanatics, to the violent extremists. stand with the overwhelming majority, with the people of libya who want just what we want, a better future for themselves and their families. mr. mccain: i'd just like to say in conclusion i thank my old, dear friend from connecticut and the senator from south carolina. and i finally would just share with my colleagues, on last july 7th, i was in tripoli with chris stevens and it was the first free and fair election the libyan people
on a different topic. it seems that the u.s. ande and libya have different accounts of the attacks in benghazi. there are reports that libyan officials warned the u.s. of the growing extremist threat prior to the attack. they admit they had could not control these militias. that directly counter what is administration officials have said. this is just a reaction to the islamic film. >> what i can tell you is that we have the right information about what we believe was the per siptating cause of the protest and the violence. based on the information that we have had available. there is an ongoing investigation, the f.b.i. is investigating, and that investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead. what we do know about libya is that it's a country that emerged from war and revolution and you have a new government trying to assert its authority as that country makes a transition to democracy and broader representation for all libyans. and broader rights for all libyans. and in that environment there are certainly in this post-war, post-revolution environment, there are vast numbers of weap
to join in this quote, blessed mission. in benghazi, hundreds protesting against the militia blamed for the a tack on the embassy. and to rid them of the those in eastern libya and the collapse of the regime. and a source telling the evidence points to a joint evident by al sharia not tied with al-qaeda, but sympathetic tried to fail establishing a state in eastern libya. and, the detainee is linked to the group in libya considered the most extremely. given the consulate attack is now branded tyrannyism, why the obama administration seems to be leaning to criminal prosecution. >> how could an attack go that long and what kind of response do we have in place for an attack that of could have went from six to ten to 12 hours and the law enforcement model seems to be being used here. i think that's a huge mistake, the fbi agent who briefed us was singularly unimpressive. >> reporter: fox news is first it report on 9-13 two days of the attack there was evidence suggesting insider help and reuters is now reporting that that is the central focus of the fbi investigation. guys, back to you
. arrests have been made in connection with tuesday's deadly attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. more from tripoli this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. officials have arrested suspects and they have several more under surveillance across the eastern part of the country, but they are not shedding any light as to who these individuals are and what role they may have played in the deadly attack. what we do know is according to libyan officials some of these individuals have been taken into custody after footage emerged at the protest which officials here say was essentially the cover that was exploited by militant groups. they are convinced so far that this was not simple police an outburst or a spontaneous outburst of anger against an anti-islamic film that appeared in the u.s., but rather a coordinated planned attack that way exploited by militant groups perhaps affiliated with al qaeda in the eastern part of libya. >> all right. that report from tripoli this morning with the latest. thank you. it's 7:03. here's david. >>> thank you. the violent anti-
have reached benghazi, the scene of the killing of chris stevens and three other americans. that area is not a safe place to operate in if you are american but there are concerns at the crime scene ten days later might be contaminated. likewise confirmed the marine rapid response anti-terrorist squad that was thrown in here last week remains here in tripoli. the embassy is well guarded amid other questions that u.s. military teams were not dispatched fast enough. critics are saying that and some say the security at the consulate in benghazi was not strong enough and might have led to the problems and warnings were not taken from other attacks by militant groups in benghazi in months prior to an attack. militants strong on that side of the country. in defiance of that and honoring the late ambassador, is killing hitting home, we are watching live scenes coming from benghazi of a protest. thousands of people out in the street basically calling on the government in tripoli to do more to crack down on this militant group. there was one hitch today which is one of those militant groups sai
at cnn that the u.s. consulate in benghazi did not meet standard u.s. consulate security requirements. this is obviously a rather damming thing to be discovering at this point to discover what happened there. jon huntsman told me he thinks consulates there who are not beefed up on security, shouldn't the administration be respond tog that? >> i think the administration is responding to it. the state department goes to regular security proceed yurs all over the world and updates them to take into account how the situation on the ground changes. i spent a lot of time in iraq and as we were transition, we looked closely at the security procedures at our consulates and embassies, so i expect in the aftermath of these incidents, there will be another review and steps will be taken to improve security where needed. >> let's talk about libya and the mixed messages. it still seems confusing to me. on the 16th of september, our ambassador called the attacks spontaneous. jay carney agreed. then called it a terrorist attack and today during a taping for the view, the president said it wasn't jus
in benghazi last week. the nation's counter-terrorism chief telling congress heavily armed extremists saw an opportunity to attack during protests over an anti-muslim film and took it. and the u.s. is looking for links to al qaeda. >> i would say, yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> now sources are telling cnn ambassador stevens was worried about his and others safety mentioning a rise in islamic extremism and growing al qaeda presence in libya. he also mentioned being on an al qaeda hit list. john mccain was outraged last night. >> does it make any sense to you the level, or the small level of security he apparently had with him? >> it doesn't make any sense. i'll tell you what else doesn't make any sense is that the white house spokesman, secretary of state and our ambassador to the u.n. stating categorically it was not a terrorist attack when obviously it had all the earmarks of a terrorist attack including rocket propelled grenades and heavy weapons and a very well carried out military operation. >> libyan military officials telling cnn they me
of national intelligence now says the attack in benghazi was deliberate and organized. some of those involved, he says, were linked to groups affiliated with or sympathetic to al qaeda. it's a big change from the administration's original claim. >> what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> reporter: now the republican chairman of the house homeland security committee says ambassador rice should step down. >> either she's intentionally misleading the american people and she should resign for that, or she's unqualified to be u.n. ambassador and she got the facts as wrong as she did and she should resign for that. >> reporter: but the white house's ambassador rice was simply offering the best information available at the time. pete williams, nbc washington. >>> prosecutors say before james holmes went on that deadly shooting rampage in a colorado movie theater, he had been barred from the university of colorado for threatening a professor. court documents are raising questions about why campus police did not rep
owe everything to the united states of america. he said benghazi would have been completely lost were it not for the crites of america and what it is that we did to bring about the kind of liberation they so desperately needed having been repressed for 42 years under gaddafi. he went on to say that as we look at libya, it's important to note that the tragic murder of ambassador stevens did not come from the people of libya, it came from individuals. a few individuals. he said the people of libya love the american people. and revere the american people. you know, i suspect that as we're talking about russian pntr, that the same thing exists in russia. because they're living with great oppression. they're living with what is little more than an authoritarian dictatorship with the crony capitalism and violations of human rights we're seeing but mr. speaker, the people of russia and i know many russians, we all do, they have great respect and love for us as well. so again, our goal is to bring to an end repressive policies and use, as my friend so eloquently said, the economic strength of
for the state department and for her country. we've seen that heavy assault on our post in benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we have nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless and it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the tape trader for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. and we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. there will be more difficult days ahead, but it is important that we don't lose sight of the fundamental facts that america must keep leading the world. we owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy. i am enormously proud of the men and women of the state department. i am proud of all those across our government, c
in the city of benghazi. protest began after the release of the film that ridiculed the prophet muhammed. cnn broke a pledge not to report on stevens diary. cnn says issues deserved full reporting and confirmed the information in the diary with other sources. >>> at least four people have died and 70 people have been hurt in protests against armed islamic militias in libya thousands provetesters stormed a benghazi compound where the militia is suspected of killing ambassador stevens and then set fire to the compound. two main militias in the eastern city announced they were disbanding after those protests. analysts say it's surprising because it's a strong hold for islamic extremists. >>> tens of thousands of people protests anti-islam film in the nigerian city of cano. shouting death to america. death to israel and death to the enemies of islam. protestors burned images of president obama and stomped on the american flag. no one was seriously hurt but the protest did cause gridlock in the city of roughly 4.5 million people. the demonstration was organized by the islamic movement of nigeria,
believe that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi related to al qaeda. reporter: thank you. good morning. according to this guantÁnamo bay file, they had direct ties to osama bin laden. they go back to 1993 where they traveled to afghanistan and trained at his camp. this 20 year relationship, he was also tied to an alleged moneyman for the 9/11 plot who is now awaiting his military trial. the libyan government considers the detainee a dangerous man. fox news has also told that there are small cans run by extremists. the zones of activity are around benghazi. u.s. intelligence committees are watching closely for signs that they are forming more permanent training camps in that area. this is extremely significant. we have had confirmation that the leading suspect in this attack is an al qaeda leader who has had a 20 year relationship with osama bin laden. back to. connell: think you karen. dagen: peter barnes our very own will talk with erik rosengren this very hour. connell: also, the iphone5. it will hit the shelves tomorrow. how can you make sure that you are new or your old ph
staff were killed in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi libya. this is an hour. >> good morning everybody. i am danielle pletka. i am the vice president for the foreign defense studies at the american enterprise institute. i'm delighted to have two good friends, think i can call you both good friends, join me this morning for a discussion of what has been going on in libya and what has been going on in egypt and more broadly about the middle east and where things are going. i am especially grateful to my colleagues for joining me and to you while here. let me introduce you to hisham melham to the bureau chief of al our be the -- el there are ybeth on the issues we are going to talk about today. brian katulis is a senior fellow for the center for american progress a fellow think-tank in washington and what we are going to do is try and follow a slightly different format. you can see that we are sitting a little bit more talkshow like and we are really going to try to have a conversation. i hope we will be able to involve you in that after we began a little bit but what i'm going
, militant terrorists and they are the ones who attacked the cult in benghazi and they have been doing their deed for the last 10, 15 years since afghanistan, iraq and now around the world. so you got that movement going. you got mainstream islamic groups like muslim brotherhood groups in egypt and other places who are competing for a new place in the political arena that's evolving in these countries that's democraticizing and old pent up grievances against the united states and other western countries. you have three or four things coming together where they are evolving political conditions and people are competing to get public opinions, so these things come together and that's how we should best understand this. >> is this a subset of the arab world or a broad base thing? >> what's interesting you have these demonstrations all over the islamic world, indonesia, nigeria, bangladesh. the movie triggers anger and rage for muslims across the islamic world. in the arab world you have a set of political grievances against the u.s. and europe and other places and these are coming into pl
in the attack on consulate in benghazi last night. rich edson following the developing story from the white house. rich? >> ashley, fox news's ed henry reports that senior administration official telling him and although it is early and they haven't made determinations yet there are early signs this was a planned attack, they urge we're still in the early stages figuring out exactly what has gone on. this after the president spent the morning at white house and state department meeting with folks and making promises that the u.s. will seek justice for the four murders in libya of folks in the u.s. state department. meanwhile positive romney saying much is a result of the u.s., the white house, excuse me is sending mixed signals on foreign policy. >> we will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. make no mistake, justice will be done. >> as i have watched over the past 3 1/2 years the president has had some successes. he has had some failures. it is a hit or miss approach but it has not been based upon sound foreign policy. >> there was some discussion
in benghazi was anmaed assault. he says that the attack, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 was possibly organized by a group with ties to al qaeda. but the obama administration continues to say that the assault was spontaneous and unrelated to the 9/11 attacks. >> we don't see at this point signs that this was a coordinated, planned, premeditated attack. obviously we'll wait for the results of the investigation and we don't want to jump to conclusions before then. i think it is important for the american people to know our best current assessment. >> oil and gasoline prices while pulling back a little bit today, remain elevated in part over middle east tensions including new disagreements over the u.s. and israel in response to iran's nuclear program. that fueled new speculation that the president may tap the strategic petroleum reserve 11 weeks before election day. one executive says oil supplies are adequate. >> there aren't many political reasons to draw down the strategic petroleum reserve but there is no strategic reason to draw down the spr based on fundamentals. k
concerning the death of ambassador stevens and the american in an gauzy. -- in benghazi. i want to apologize for what happened here a good it happened in the city i live in. it is a shame, and what makes it very difficult for me, i knew chris personally for a number of years. we played tennis together, and i remember when he came back from libya, we were going to play a game of tennis together, and he was going to be the next ambassador of libya. i said, you are the right man in the right place in the right time. he loved libya. he rarely leaves the revolution day and night, and he is a libyan champion. how this incident happened, why the libyans tried tune in to protect new foreign diplomats -- tried to help protect foreign diplomats, unfortunately, i believe there is one main reason behind it, that we have no organization. we have no decisionmaker to take care of security without police, without intelligence, we do not need to do anything, and this is the message i am very concerned about with the prime minister. if we had no way to protect our people, we would not be able to establish a d
literally blood, were killed and brutalized by a fanatic mob in benghazi. the reaction of our leadership was not anger, not furey, not the terrible swift sword, but to the bleeding, the slaughtered and the spectacle, it was bleeding a sheepish statement of weakness and wondering aloud by the secretary of state and other is whether our own freedoms, our own constitutional freedoms go just a bit too far. the moslem mob brutalizes and murders an american ambassador, a representative of the united states of america. to disgrace him and disgrace us, they would murder us and brutalize us, too. our government reacts by shattering and shaking and wondering if the consequences of our first amendment. it blends an inconsequential fool of a film maker with the paltry influence for the venom on least in another part of the world. god help us, god help us. well, there is another line in macbeth -- it seems i hear a voice. me thinks we hear a couple of voices. in the midst of this, there was a voice, one of mitt romney. he did not hesitate. he thundered of this -- i am outraged by the attacks on ameri
been allowed into the libyan city of benghazi. sources tell cnn that the crime scene on the consulate grounds has not been secured. sources also tell cnn that the u.s. intelligence community knew within 24 hours of the attack that it was an act of terrorism. yet the obama administration was cautious in saying so and has only started to acknowledge a terrorist link to the attack. this was in the last few days. on "360" last night, bob baer was asked specifically about that. >> i think it's political. i think the white house is reluctant to admit that libya has been lost or potentially lost. no administration wants to admit that. i think, frankly, we can't blame losing libya on this administration. you know, it was in the works for a long time. there wasn't much it could do. nonetheless we have an election coming up and no one wants to take blame for messing up the arab spring. >> the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens was wrong those killed in that attacks. >>> mitt romney and president obama will both be campaigning in virginia today. they were both in ohio yesterday. you see a t
. in libya, gaddafi was threatening to kill 10,000 people in benghazi, we helped to stabilize that militarily and certainly removed gaddafi. in syria 20,000 people have been killed and certainly, it's difficult to contrast the differences there, why we're not even providing the weapons that the rebels are asking for to help assist them with dealing with the assad regime. >> alisyn: what does american exceptionali exceptionalism, the term, mean to you? >> well, to me, first and foremost, it draws from our constitution, you know, where we're giving rights. as a result of that, the role of government is subordinate to the people. and out of that grew a love for freedom and those rights in the united states of america. and we care so much about them that we're willing to protect other people's rights around the world and we stand for that and it's about leadership. and it's a the a time now when other countries in the world, more and more of them are not willing to step up. you saw that at the end of the 20th of the century, when milosevic, no one was lifting a finger. 250,000 were killed until a
, and gratitude. the large demonstrations condemning this lascivious crime in the city of van ghazi -- benghazi and other libyan cities is the true reflection of a feeling of the libyan people and its feelings toward violence and extremism. libya will never be home to extremist groups. we shall always be a peaceful moslem country, one of moderation -- peaceful muslim country, one of moderation. mr. president, the new libya will be a place of hospitality, transparency, enabling women and youth. it will be a libya by all and for all at the same time. it cannot fail to condemn the anti- islam campaign and those defaming his profit. -- prohet. such campaigns increase hatred and provocation and attention among civilizations. they go beyond the concept of free expression. this makes it necessary for the general assembly of the united nations to adopt a covenant in order to criminalize actions that are insulting of the symbols of all religions. and we, as muslims, believe fully in the unity of mankind, of the brotherhood of man, and we express our support for dialog between religions and cooperation,
the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that, and it's a preplanned act of terrorism directed at the american citizens. >> what is your evidence that it was a preplanned act of terrorism? >> number one is choosing the date. 11th of september has all the significance. if we take the facts about the way it was executed, you can see there's enough proof that it is a preplanned act of terrorism. >> describe the attack based on your investigation. >> it's too early for me to give the details about this, but it was launched with a high degree of accuracy which means that the perpetrators must have some kind of exercise on how to launch these rockets. >> you're confirming that rpg's were used in the initial attack. >> the attack. and mortars. >> mortars were used in the subsequent attack. >> subsequent, yes. >> and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about five, i think. >> and you're saying that these were fired with such accuracy -- >> yes. >> -- that this could not have been done with someone without experience? >> experience and kne
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